Eight Hundred Grapes

There are secrets you share, and secrets you hide… What if your beloved fiancé, he of the crinkly smile and irresistible British accent, had kept a life-changing secret from you? And what if, just a week before your dream wedding, you discovered it?

Georgia Ford, bride-to-be, hops in her car and drives through the night, from Los Angeles to Sonoma, to her safe haven: her family, and the acclaimed family winery. Georgia craves the company of those who know her best, and whom she truly knows. Better yet, it’s the eve of the last harvest—the best time of the growing season, and Georgia knows she’ll find solace—and distraction—in the familiar rituals. But when Georgia arrives home, nothing is at all familiar. Her parents, her brothers, the family business, are all unrecognizable. It seems her fiancé isn’t the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

Eight Hundred Grapes is a story about the messy realities of family, the strength (and weaknesses) of romantic love, and the importance of finding a place to call home.

  • “Resolutions arrive slowly and often unexpectedly for each of them, giving this satisfying novel legs. A lovelorn winemaker's daughter seeks the right way to crush sour grapes into a winning blend.”

    Kirkus Reviews
  • “A charming summer read with depth, just perfect with a glass of California wine.”

    Booklist
  • “Secrets and love affairs on a Sonoma vineyard mean reading with wine is basically mandatory.”

    Cosmopolitan
  • “Need a vacation? Dave will transport you with mouthwatering lasagna, breathtaking vistas – and an unforgettable lesson in loyalty.”

    Glamour
  • “The fabulous Laura Dave is back with another tale of love, marriage, and family.”

    Popsugar.com
  • “The idyllic life of Georgia Ford is crashing down – oh, and it’s just days before her wedding. Cue cold feet.”

    Marie Claire
  • “Addictive.”

    US Weekly
  • “Dave (The First Husband) both charms and pulls at the heartstrings in this well-crafted novel… this winning tale will both satisfy on a literary level and encourage oenophiles to pour themselves a glass of a recent vintage to enjoy while reading; it's a tasty treat for wine lovers and teetotalers alike.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “This novel’s hero discovers the complexity of human relationships and desires amid the well-researched backdrop of a fictional Sonoma winery.”

    Wine Enthusiast
  • “Dave’s tightly woven family drama is best enjoyed with a glass of wine (or two); readers found this one impossible to put down.”

    Elle (#1 Reader's Prize Selection)
  • “Laura Dave’s latest is just another shining example of her expertise in exploring complex relationships and all the heartache, nuance, and ultimately, joy, that comes with them.”

    goop.com
  • “Eight Hundred Grapes is a quick, fun read, perfect for swallowing in one, delicious gulp rather than careful, measured sips.”

    Bustle.com
  • “Your new escapist summer read.”

    Purewow.com
  • “Reading Dave is like experiencing the sea-salty edge of a Nicole Holofcener movie that you’ve never seen, with set decoration by Nancy Meyer.”

    Lithub.com
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